Forms of Public Privacy (2019) Series of 1:1 models, photographs by Axel de Marteau, publication with research by Sophia Holst and Image Essay by Axel de Martau

Forms of Public Privacy is part of the larger FORMAT 2019 exhibtion ‘Changing Attitudes’ in Z33, Hasselt. As a critique on the current urban trend to overpragram and overdesign Belgium cities, and Western cities in general, a reasearch is done into five cases of abandoned and un-maintained spaces in Brussels. In the exhibition a series of sculptural models show architectural elements of the investigated spaces that provide a certain spatial intimacy and public privacy. These models, together with photographs of Axel de Marteau and a publication, argue for the value of these abandoned and un-programmed spaces within an urban setting. Their informal programs such as hangout spots, living spaces and meetings spaces form a vital part of the social spaces and commons of our cities.

(This project is supported by FORMAT 2019, Z33, and part of the exhibition ‘Changing Attitudes' 15/09/2019 until 24/11/2019, in Z33, Hasselt. Photographs by Selma Gurbuz)